Connect the Shafer Butte system with Mahalo
and Dry Creek
. Unless you're interested in riding back to the ski area on Bogus Basin road after the descent, you'll want to do a shuttle.
This ride has everything - climbs, breathtaking descents, wood and stone features, and some excellent backcountry singletrack.
This is a shuttle ride unless you're into pedaling up 14 miles of pavement after the fun part.
You'll start at the Simplot lodge at Bogus Basin (after leaving a car at the bottom of Dry Creek
). The objective is to get to the intersection of Deer Point Trail
and Around the Mountain
. This map goes right up Deer Point Trail
. Another option would be to take Morningstar Trail up to Brewer's Byway, then drop down the top half of Deer Point Trail
to the Around the Mountain
intersection - either way, take the Around the Mountain
trail south (counter clockwise). Travel along this trail for about 1.5 miles until you reach the 2nd of two road crossings (these are bike gated crossings that you won't miss).
On the 2nd crossing, take the road to the south instead of continuing on ATM. You'll be on the road for about 5 minutes when you come to a fork. Take the left fork onto FR 275C. Follow this road until you reach a full gate across the road. Navigate around teh gate and continue down the road to the Mahalo
trailhead. This distance is only a couple hundred yards and the trailhead will be on your right - watch closely as it's somewhat hidden. Once you do find Mahalo
trailhead, you'll now have 3.3 miles of awesome, legit singletrack to play on. A modest climb out at the end drops you onto the same road you took when you were on Around the Mountain
earlier. Go left (south) on the road for approximately 1 mile until you arrive at the unmarked, but well used Dry Creek
trailhead - this will be on the right.
Take this trail and hold on to your biscuits because stuff just got real. Over 12 creek crossings and all kinds of excellent terrain await you as you move down the Dry Creek
trail. If you survive, you'll arrive at the mouth of the trail to your waiting shuttle rig.